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Essay contest: The annual National High School Essay Contest, sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., is accepting manuscript submissions. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Nov. 1. Details on rules and rating criteria available in Student Services.
School of Math and Science: The N.C. School of Math and Science is accepting applications from sophomore candidates Oct. 15-Jan. 15. Details: www.ncssm.edu or visit Student Services.
Plant sale, blood drive sale: Horticulture students have joined with HOSA students to hold this pansy sale 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15. All types of blood needed. 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.
Barbecue sale: Oct. 21. Save the date for the 33rd Annual North Mecklenburg High School BBQ, a major fundraiser for the school.
Debate Team: The North Mecklenburg High Debate and Speech Team finished second overall against 23 N.C. competing schools in the Pinecrest Open tournament.
The team had top 10 placements with five in Speech Competition and four in Debate Events. The two Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate teams tied for placement in the top 6.
Homecoming weekend: Oct. 21-22. Pep rally and bonfire Oct. 21. Inaugural Homecoming 5K Oct. 22, carnival, parade, crowning of homecoming court before football game against Carolina Pride. www.cannonschool.org/homecoming.
Compiled by Cindy Stern